New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is finally a part of some good news, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that his latest forearm surgery was a success. Doctors were able to install new plates into his left forearm, and the good news doesn’t stop there, because no other surgeries are anticipated as the infection is finally gone. That’s the forearm infection. I can’t speak on any other infections.

As for a return date, Gronk and the Pats are being incredibly optimistic that the TD machine can be ready for the start of training camp.

The team now can turn its primary focus to Gronkowski’s other issue — chronic back pain. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and will see spine specialist Robert Watkins in three to four weeks in California for a consultation, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported.

The Patriots hope Gronkowski’s back issue can be treated without surgery and the rehab process can be concurrent with the forearm. Gronk isn’t in the clear by any stretch, but Monday was a positive development in the Patriots’ hope that they have their star on the field by Week 1. (Via NFL.com)

The most important question, obviously, is whether or not Gronk can avoid the party scene and keep the fist-pumping and shirtless roughhousing to a minimum. More than anything, that means no more chest-bumping the contestants at Las Vegas bikini pageants. Sorry, Gronk, but rules are rules.

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